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Senator Levin, Rep. Huizenga react to the shutdown

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Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Reaction from Michigan lawmakers mirrors the divide between republican and democrats on the shutdown.

Republicans say the GOP controlled house intends to pass legislation to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing claims at the Veteran Affairs Department.

That's a strategy Lakeshore Congressman Bill Huizenga revealed to WZZM 13's Lee Van Ameyde in a conversation over the phone earlier today. "I think what you are going to see is us going back in to fund various parts of the government and we will see again what the Senate is going to do with that."

President Obama has accused House Republicans of refusing to negotiate something Huizenga says isn't true, "We've done nothing but negotiate, move our positions; they are refusing to do so."

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats say the house is being held hostage by the extreme right of their party, specifically the Tea Party. We talked to longtime Michigan Senator Carl Levin. "For the tea party folks to dominate the republican party position which is they will not allow the government to function unless we dismantle health care legislation that's been in the works for decades is something akin to blackmail which is just not acceptable in the legislative process."

Levin is encouraging House Speaker John Boehner to allow a house vote. "The bottom line is the way out of this mess is speaker Boehner allow a vote on the senate bill, the senate has voted three times on a house bill, it's time for you to allow a vote on the senate bill."

Senator Levin predicts a few republicans in the house will eventually join democrats in ending the shutdown.

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